By Peter Lynch

20th Nov, 2023 | 5:40pm

Kaveh Solhekol makes Everton relegation prediction as ‘serious’ trouble verdict shared on Sky Sports

Everton have the right manager and players to keep them in the Premier League, according to Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

The verdict comes after the Toffees were deducted 10 points for breaching the competition’s financial rules [BBC Sport, 17 November].

The punishment, which takes place with immediate effect, has resulted in Everton dropping to 19th place in the table.

“Look, Everton are in serious trouble but the size of the club and its fanbase means that there is light at the end of the tunnel – especially if they can avoid relegation this season,” Solhekol said on a Sky Sports Q&A.

“Sean Dyche will be using this to galvanise his players. Most neutrals still expect Everton to stay up even with a 10-point deduction, and it would be no surprise if they beat Manchester United on Sunday.

“From a football perspective, Everton have got the players and the manager who can keep them up. You just have to hope for the sake of the fans that they will soon get the right owners to lead them into a new chapter at their new stadium.”

Staying up?

With the deduction, all of Everton’s recent hard work has been undone, which will hugely frustrate the man in the Goodison Park dugout.

The Toffees have been on a fine run of form, picking up away victories at West Ham and Crystal Palace, which are two very tricky venues to visit.

They also claimed a point against a very talented Brighton side, helping the Toffees climb up the standings and away from danger.

But they have now plummeted back down to the dreaded relegation zone, with Everton level with bottom-place Burnley on four points.

However, there should be plenty of optimism given their current run of form, along with the fact they are just two points from safety.

Moreover, the Merseyside outfit have a much better goal difference than the clubs around them, although Dyche still won’t want the competition to be decided by that given how it can change dramatically throughout the campaign.

In other Everton news, Neville Southall has shared one “good thing” about the club’s points deduction, with a Premier League relegation prediction made.